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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Dec 18, 2010 1:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Captain Beefheart's 10 Commandments of Playing The Guitar.

In honor of the passing of this unique voice and perspective.

Captain Beefheart's 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF GUITAR PLAYING as given to moris tepper by captain beefheart. they are not arranged hierarchically - each commandment has equal import. also, to help clarify their intent, each commandment is followed by an exegesis.

LISTEN TO THE BIRDS
that's where all the music comes from. birds know everything about how it should sound and where that sound should come from. and watch humming-birds. they fly really fast, but a lot of times they aren't going anywhere.

YOUR GUITAR IS NOT REALLY A GUITAR
your guitar is a divining rod. use it to find spirits in the other world and bring them over. a guitar is also a fishing rod. if you're good, you'll land a big one.

PRACTICE IN FRONT OF A BUSH
wait until the moon is out, then go outside, eat a multi-grained bread and play your guitar to a bush. if the bush doesn't shake, eat another piece of bread.

WALK WITH THE DEVIL
old delta blues players referred to amplifiers as 'the devil box'. and they were right. you have to be an equal opportunity employer in terms of who you're bringing over from the other side. electricity attracts devils and demons. [so now you know what you are, dear visitor of this page!] other instruments attract other spirits. an acoustic guitar attracts caspar, the ghost. a mandolin attracts wendy. but an electric guitar attracts beelzebub.

IF YOU'RE GUILTY OF THINKING, YOU'RE OUT
if your brain is part of the process, you're missing it. you should play like a drowning man, struggling to reach shore. if you can trap that feeling, then you have something that is fur bearing.

NEVER POINT YOUR GUITAR AT ANYONE
your instrument has more clout than lightning. just hit a big chord, then run outside to hear it. but make sure you are not standing in an open field.

ALWAYS CARRY A CHURCH KEY
that's your key-man clause. like one string sam. he's one! he was a detroit street musician who played in the fifties on a homemade instrument. his song "i need a hundred dollars" is warm pie. another key to the church is hubert sumlin, howlin' wolf's guitar player. he just stands there like the statue of liberty - making you want to look up her dress the whole time to see how he's doing it.

DON'T WIPE THE SWEAT OFF YOUR INSTRUMENT
you need that stink on there. then you have to get that stink onto your music.

KEEP YOUR GUITAR IN A DARK PLACE
when you're not playing your guitar, cover it and keep it in a dark place. if you don't play your guitar for more than a day, be sure you put a saucer of water in with it.

YOU GOTTA HAVE A HOOD FOR YOUR ENGINE
keep that hat on. a hat is a pressure cooker. if you have a roof on your house, the hot air can't escape. even a lima bean has to have a piece of wet paper around it to make it grow.

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This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2010-12-18 21:47:44

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Dec 18, 2010 6:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Captain Beefheart's 10 Commandments of Playing The Guitar.

Very cool.
Thanks PG.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Dec 18, 2010 2:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Captain Beefheart's 10 Commandments of Playing The Guitar.

Good stuff
thanks PG

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Poster: advokat Date: Dec 18, 2010 2:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Captain Beefheart's 10 Commandments of Playing The Guitar.

ditto - great stuff. thanks.

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Dec 19, 2010 7:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Captain Beefheart's 10 Commandments of Playing The Guitar.

Funny and true.
I would add -

PLAY YOUR DRUMS IN THE OCEAN AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE: Wood loves water, and the salt will bring out musical patterns hidden in the waves...